The Colorado Avalanche stays in New York to complete its three-game road trip, playing the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday in the second half of a back-to-back.
The Avs lost the first game 1-0 to the New York Islanders on Monday. Pavel Francouz stopped 33 of 34 shots, but Anders Lee's goal in the third period proved to be enough in the defensive outing. Colorado put 32 shots on net and recorded 83 shot attempts in the loss.
The Rangers lost 2-1 in Vancouver on Saturday as Canucks' defenseman Tyler Myers broke a 1-1 tie in the final two minutes of the third period.
The contest is the first of two meetings between the clubs this year. The Avs went 1-0-1 against New York last campaign, falling 3-2 in a shootout at MSG and winning 6-1 in Denver.
Avalanche at New York Rangers
Madison Square Garden | New York, N.Y.
COLORADO-NEW YORK CONNECTIONS
Ryan Graves was drafted by New York (No. 110 overall) in 2013… Rangers head coach David Quinn was an assistant coach with Colorado in 2012-13 and spent three seasons as the team's AHL head coach … Rangers assistant coach David Oliver spent 11 seasons with the Avalanche front office ... Rangers assistant general manager Chris Drury was drafted by the Nordiques and spent his first four NHL seasons with the Avalanche, winning a Stanley Cup in 2001 ... Colin Wilson's father, Carey, played parts of two seasons with the Rangers (1988-90).
The Avalanche beat the Rangers 6-1 in the teams' last meeting on Jan. 4, 2019 at Pepsi Center. Nathan MacKinnon had three points (one goal, two assists) in the game, as did Mikko Rantanen (two goals, one assist) and Tyson Barrie (three assists). New York won the first game of last year's season series with a 3-2 shootout win on Oct. 16.
The Avalanche owns a 41-39-8 all-time mark against the Rangers, including a 21-13-2 record since 1995. The inter-conference history includes a seven-game win streak for the Avs, from January 2002 through December 2007.
Philipp Grubauer is expected to be in net against the Rangers on Tuesday for the second half of the back-to-back set after Pavel Francouz was between the pipes at the Islanders on Monday.
Colin Wilson (lower body) is out indefinitely after having surgery.
SCOUTING THE RANGERS
The Rangers (19-18-4) are looking for their first win in 2020, having dropped their last three games. They're currently in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division.
New York has shown an ability to explode on offense--the Rangers have scored at least five goals in 11 games, tied for the sixth-most--the team has also surrendered an average of 3.32 goals a night, the fifth most on the league. The Rangers power play is converting on an average of 19.4 percent of their chances, tied for 16th-best, while stopping just 78.4 percent on the disadvantage (23rd-best).
(OPPOSING) PLAYER TO WATCH: Artemi Panarin
Artemi Panarin ranks tied for seventh in the NHL in points, with 55 (22 goals, 33 assists). Since the start of December, he's tallied 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 16 games, tied for the fourth-most in that span.
Panarin, who spent the previous two seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, has a point in each of his last three games against the Avs. For his career against Colorado, as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks and Blue Jackets, Panarin has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 13 games.
Colorado has won 14 games on the road, the second-most away victories behind the Washington Capitals (17). The Avs are 7-2-1 in their last 10 contests away from Pepsi Center and 9-3-1 in their last 13.
The Avalanche is averaging 33.0 shots on goal per game, ninth most in the NHL.
Nathan MacKinnon is expected to play in his 500th career game when the Avalanche take on the Rangers on Tuesday. He will become the sixth draft pick in Avalanche history (since 1995-96) to play in 500 contests with Colorado, joining Gabriel Landeskog (606), Alex Tanguay (598), Matt Duchene (586), Paul Stastny (538) and John-Michael Liles (523).
Tuesday will be the first of two meetings between the Avalanche and Rangers this year. The teams play next in Denver on March 11… This is the Avs' eighth of 12 back-to-back scenarios this season. Colorado is 5-3-0 in the first contest and 3-3-1 in the second… The Avalanche is 5-4-1 in its last 10 meetings against the Rangers, with a 3-0-1 mark in the last four contests.